First Baptist Church


First Baptist Church

Five. First Baptist Church

61 Church Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-3896

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:  10:00a to 12:00p

The First Baptist Church is the oldest Baptist Church in the South and is often referred to as the "Mother Church of Southern Baptists". The First Baptist Church was dedicated in 1822 and was designed by Robert Mills. Mr. Mills considered the First Baptist Church to be "the best specimen of correct taste in architecture of all the modern buildings in this city."

The Church was founded in 1682 and originally organized in Kittery, Maine. In 1683 the Baptists relocated to South Carolina. The first Church meetings were held in the King Street home of William Chapman. In 1699, the present lot was donated to the Church by William Elliot and a frame building was constructed. Today, the First Baptist Church remains an active congregation and is one of more than 1400 historically significant buildings within the Charleston Old and Historic District.

First Baptist Church is located at 61 Church St. Tours are given Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00a to 12:00p. Call 843-722-3896 or visit the church's website for further information.